Hello, Room 334 readers, Jessica here from Midwest Muse.
I’m filling in while Elana is leaving the ole Midwest behind to enjoy that California sunshine over spring break. Elana is lucky because her hometown is basically a spring break destination. I’ve only gone on one spring break, and I went to LA. What I’m saying is, I spend most breaks in my hometown/college town/only place I’ve lived. This can be very depressing when everyone you know is off having fun in the sun. So, over the years, I’ve found ways to make myself feel like I’m having a break while saving money or whatever.
Don’t alter your work schedule: If you have a job, take a few days off work. Sure, you could be working more, but you already do a lot of that so. Take a day or two off because once you’re a grownup that won’t always be an option. A responsibility free day is a dream.
Grab a friend & adventure: Adventuring is good for the soul and it’s not always easy to make time for fun. Being adventurous can mean anything for you, but to me, it’s grabbing a friend or my iPod and hiking in a new place. Adventures=outdoors.
Be a tourist in your own city (or surrounding cities): I live about forty minutes from Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland gets a lot of bad press, but it’s actually a really charming little city. I’m always discovering new restaurants, bars, thrift stores, and other exciting things to do. Going to Cleveland is a little vacation for me because it’s something new. Plus there’s cool touristy things like the Rock ’N Roll Hall of Fame, multiple amazing museums, and the Christmas Story House — which I’ve never even gone to. Head to Google and search “Tourist attractions in ______”. You won’t regret it.
Stay out/up REALLY late: This one is pretty open ended depending on your interests, but there’s nothing I love more than having a few friends over, staying up ‘till the wee hours, playing board games, drinkin’ coffee, eatin’ snacks and laughing until we cry. As a young girl sleep overs were all the rage, but when you’re older those simply don’t happen and this is as close as you can sometimes get and it’s fun, simple, and basically free.
Read a book: It’s hard to find time to read, but reading is my favorite thing to do. So, I get all ambitious and try and read two books during break. There was a study this year that said over half of the population does not read any more. So, don’t be a statistic and read a book! Plus it’s relaxing and good for the mind.
Have a one night “staycation”: Chances are an hour or so in any direction of you rests a strangely quaint bed and breakfast type place. A nights stay in a place like this won’t be much. So grab some friends, a sibling or a significant other, and enjoy a night away from home. Wake up & explore the area.
Do a “Photo an Hour”: When I was in high school my friends and I would go on weekend trips and we’d play a game called a “Photo an Hour”. Which is exactly as it sounds. Each hour on the hour, we would each document whatever we were doing at that exact moment. It can be kind of a hassle (at least back then, but today this is common practice), but it’s totally worth it. We always waited until we got home to look at the photos & organize them by hours. It’s kind of fun to see your different perspectives. It mostly helps you see beauty in the mundane.
Watch a bunch of mindless guiltless television: Ever feel bad for watching tv? Well, on break you don’t have to! WATCH EVERYTHING.
Hang out with all of your friends: Make coffee dates, dinner dates, park dates, make all of the dates & fit in all of the people you can for all kinds of fun. Your friends that never hear from you will be excited and you’ll feel alive from being so active and hangin’ with all the people you love.
Well, I think that about covers it. These all also double as simply things to do when tryin' to save money or stay in town. Not just for break! **All photos from adventurin’ around Akron/Cleveland, Ohio from my iPhone**